You want it darker: Portraits in the time of an eclipse.
A series of 21 images taken in Washington DC, on the 21st of August 2017, through the unusual light of a partial solar eclipse: a metaphor. A way to reflect on the dark shadow looming over the United States of America during the Trump age.
"I'm staring at the sun
Not the only one
Who's happy to go blind"
Staring at the Sun - U2
In August 2017, USA were crossed, west to east, by a #solareclipse.
I happened to be in #WashingtonDC
on that day. Despite the #moon
did not obscure the #sun
in full, there, crowds gathered to watch the show.
In the #penumbra
of a #partial #eclipse
but not very dark; the temperature drops, but not very much; the sun feels slightly different but is still there up in the sky, bright and warm.
is different, though and if photography is writing with light, I took the chance to take some #portraits
under these #unusual
Viewers must observe an eclipse only through special #glasses,
to avoid permanent damage to #sight.
The people #staringatthesun, #blinded
by dark lenses, cannot see anything else around them but a slice of sun covered by the moon paying a visit. .
During the eclipse, it was as the entire population went #blind.
Similarly, during the #Trump
era, it looks like the entire country has gone blind.
In the city that hosts the #President,
this exceptional, #imperfect #event
of the #eclipse2017
became a perfect #metaphor
for the political situation.
While the moon approached and cast a shadow onto the sun, I saw layers of meaning piling up onto the faces of #observers,
lit by a weakened light on a darker background.
It lasted only a few #minutes
before the moon moved out and our star came back to #shine.
Trump shadow will last a limited time, before his #darkshadow
moves out and the world will shine again.
"How could something so fair
Be so cruel
When this black sun revolved
- Death Cab For Cuties